Super Rugby

Reds beat Waratahs in Brisbane




The Queensland Reds have played the New South Wales Waratahs 34 times in Super Rugby since 1996, the Reds have won 14 matches, lost 19 times, and drawn once.

The Reds’ 14 wins give them a record of winning 41% of their matches against the Waratahs regardless of venue.

  • NSW Waratahs have won 12 of their last 13 Super Rugby matches against the Reds (L1), including by a 33-point margin last time out (45-12 at the Sydney Cricket Ground) – the biggest win by either side in the history of this fixture.
  • The Waratahs conceded just a single try in Super Rugby AU in 2020 starting from possession within the opposition half – two fewer than any other side last year.
  • The Reds have won eight of their last nine Super Rugby home matches (L1), including their last six on the bounce – the last time they enjoyed a longer winning run at home was an 11-match stretch from March 2010 to May 2011.
  • Queensland led Super Rugby AU for points (26), metres gained (462), clean breaks (11), defenders beaten (25), offloads (8), and turnovers won (8) per game in 2020.
  • Liam Wright was the first man at 167 rucks in Super Rugby AU in 2020, the most by any player and 17 more than the next best (Michael Hooper – 150).

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, for the first match of the 2021 Super Rugby AU season.

2.00: The Waratahs show their intent immediately, taking a quick-tap penalty from inside their half and running the ball into the Reds territory before knocking on near the 22.

3.00: TRY! Jake Gordon is at it again! The scrumhalf takes Jack Maddocks’ wonderful wraparound offload and beats Filipo Daugunu to score in the corner. What a start! 0-5

5.00: CONVERSION! Will Harrison slots the touchline conversion. 0-7

6.00: Izaia Perese goes offside just outside the Reds’ 22 – Tahs opt for the easy three.

8.00: PENALTY! James O’Connor puts the Reds on the board. 3-7

9.00: TRY! Can you believe it! The Reds score from a lineout inside their half. The ball is switched by James O’Connor to the short-side before some wonderful interchanging play between backs and forwards sees O’Connor send Jock Campbell away to score – sensational! 8-7

10.00: CONVERSION! James O’Connor adds the extras. 10-7

13.00: Obstruction by Alex Newsome – the Reds boot the ball to the Tahs’ 22.

14.00: TRY! Alex Mafi with an acrobatic spin-move to beat two defenders and dot down while lying on his back. WOW! 15-7

16.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor adds the two. 17-7

18.00: TRY! Filipo Daugunu finishes off a sublime move from inside the Reds’ half. Hunter Paisami beat the tacklers and sent a wonderful offload to Fraser McReight, who drew the last defender, sending the winger away. 22-7

20.00: CONVERSION! The skipper adds the extras. 24-7

22.00: Reds are caught offside – Harrison kicks to the corner.

23.00: Another penalty for “leaving their feet” by Feao Fotuaika and Angus Scott-Young. The Tahs opt for a scrum under the poles.

24.00: Scrum reset.

25.00: HELD-UP! Gordon is held-up over the line by Harry Wilson after Scott-Young’s tackle. It will be a line drop-out from underneath the posts.

26.00: Birthday boy McReight wins the Reds a penalty at the maul. The crowd loves it. O’Connor kicks to the middle of the Tahs’ territory.

28.00: The Reds are going through the phases near the NSW line, which ends in a penalty to the hosts. New South Wales is in trouble, here. Mafi wants to scrum, and Queensland will do.

31.00: O’Connor’s cross-kick sails into touch; however, the home team had another penalty advantage. O’Connor calls for the tee.

32.00: PENALTY! The standoff adds another three. 27-7

34.00: The Waratahs have a lot to do to get back in this game; it’s really no contest at the minute.

35.00: Sublime kick from O’Connor, who finds touch with a deft kick from the outside of his right boot to pin the visitors deep inside their half.

36.00: Mafi is pinged at the ruck for going off his feet. Harrison boots the Tahs to the opposition’s 22.

37.00: RED CARD! Izaia Perese is sent to the bin for a tip-tackle on Hunter Paisami. It will be 15 v 14 for the next 20 minutes after the law change for red cards. It’s still Game Over! 27-7

39.00: NSW has the scrum on the Reds’ 10m. They win a penalty, and kick to the 22 – they have to get points from this period.

40.00: The Sydney men are camped on the Queensland try line, but the Reds win the penalty following some good work by Mafi.

41.00: Lineout to the hosts near halfway.

42.00: A knock-on by the hosts gives the Tahs the last opportunity; however, the men in blue cannot do anything with it.

The halftime score was Reds 27 Waratahs 7

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Brisbane.

43.00: A few reset scrums lead to Daugunu going close down the sideline. Several phases later, O’Connor goes to the air with a crossfield kick; however, Jordan Petaia cannot latch onto the ball, knocking the ball forward into the in-goal area.

45.00: A couple more reset scrums.

47.00: Referee Damon Murphy awards the penalty to the visitors, who can clear their lines.

49.00: Jack Dempsey and Jack Whetton both penalised for offsides.

50.00: Hamish Stewart knocks-on Hunter Paisami’s deft offload with the try line at his mercy.

53.00: Gordon is getting frustrated with the silly errors from his team. The Waratahs have spent more time in the opposition’s half, but they have lost several lineouts and are losing the battle on the ground.

56.00: The penalties are starting to stack up against the visitors, this time for a side entry by Harry Johnson-Holmes following another strong driving maul.

57.00: Will Harrison knocks-on in the tackle after a superb attack by the Waratahs, killing a promising attack.

58.00: Mark Nawaqanitawase is on for Izaia Perese meaning we are back to 15 v 15. Curiously, the Reds did not score any points during the 20 minute period with the extra man. 27-7

60.00: Jack Whetton wins the penalty at the ruck to halt a Reds attack.

63.00: The mistakes are mounting; the conditions do not help as the humidity is high and the fitness levels low.

65.00: Scrum to the Tahs as both teams start emptying the benches.

67.00: A bit of luck as O’Connor kicks the ball out on the full after the ball was brought back in.

69.00: 50/22 by O’Connor to set-up an attacking lineout on the opposition’s 22.

70.00: Harry Johnson-Holmes with a knock-on that gives the hosts an attacking scrum inside the 22.

71.00: TRY! Moses Sorovi, on for Tate McDermott, breaks from the scrum and sends Daugunu away for his second try with a lovely deft pass. 32-7

72.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor makes it six from six. 34-7

75.00: Brad thorn will be a happy man tonight, his team has been relentless.

78.00: The scrum-penalties are mounting as the Reds demolish the opposing pack.

80.00: The Reds are camped on the try line; they want another score.

81.00: TRY! Ilaisa Droasese finishes in the corner. 39-7

82.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor lands the touchline kick to bring up the forty-burger. 41-7


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The final score is Reds 41 (27) Waratahs 7 (7)


Tries – Campbell, Mafi, Daugunu (2), Droasese
Pen – O’Connor (2)
Con – O’Connor (5)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Gordon
Pen –
Con – Harrison
Drop –
Cards – Perese (Red, 37′)

Match Officials
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way
TMO: Brett Cronan



15 Jock Campbell, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor (captain), 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Seru Uru, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Feao Fotuaika, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Dane Zander

Replacements: 16 Richie Asiata, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Ryan Smith, 20 Tuania Taii Tualima, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Ilaisa Droasese


15 Jack Maddocks, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Izaia Perese, 12 Joey Walton, 11 James Ramm, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jake Gordon (captain), 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Carlo Tizzano, 6 Will Harris, 5 Jack Whetton, 4 Sam Caird, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Tom Horton, 1 Angus Bell

Replacements: 16 David Porecki, 17 Te Tera Faulkner, 18 Sio Tatola, 19 Jeremy Williams, 20 Hugh Sinclair, 21 Jack Grant, 22 Tane Edmed, 23 Mark Nawaqanitawase

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